School Direct – Step by Step

If you are a recent graduate or interested in a change of career and are thinking of accessing the teaching profession through School Direct the information below may be useful.

Where to Apply

Apply through UCAS Teacher Training using the ‘Apply’ system, found on their website at Candidates begin by registering their details; choosing where, when and how they plan to study (to apply to our School Direct Programme you must enter Swanwick School and Sports College or Matrix). Once the application has been received and processed by UCAS it is made available online for training providers to consider.

The University of Derby will review your application and advise you if you are being invited for interview.

The first interview will take place at the University of Derby. If successful, Matrix will review your application and invite you for a second school-based interview. This has been specifically designed to give you a further opportunity to assess the full benefits for the Matrix School Direct programme.

If successful at the school-based interview, you will be offered a place on the on the Matrix School Direct course. To secure your place you will need to formally accept the place and have passed the Professional Skills.